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J. F. WALLACE, PUBLISHER. - AND - PROPRIETOR Published at Wlmlou, Arizona. The Greeks call their native lanrl “Hellas,” but they fight like two-thirds of it.' There’s plenty of room at the top. Look at the baseball column of percent ages. Chicago scores the first sunstroke of 1897. You can’t beat the great Ameri can summer resort. The New York health officer thinks that the grip is transferred by kissing. Tshaw! Who’s afraid? The Greek soldiers dress In women’s skirts. Perhaps that accounts for their retiring disposition in battle. Steve Crane says that the battle of Velestino sounded like “an avalanche of thunder.” That sounds like Steve Crane. A salt trust has been organized in Pomeroy, Ohio. Os late the monopo lies have shown a disposition to get too fresh. Mrs. Langtry has secured a divorce In California, whither she went to be deserted by her husband, who remain ed quietly at home. The prosperity of advice Is dependent upou a thorough assurance that disin terested good-will and honest Intention prompt one’s adviser. A New Y'ork paper remarks that “the late Mr. Havemeyer’s estate is less than $4,000,000.” In this respect it re sembles a great many others. The fact that Anna Held lias sent home $30,000 this year is a striking evidence of what a foreign favorite can do in this country If she has half a show. A Dakota paper says: “James Cyze whiski has renounced allegiance to Frussia and is now a full citizen.” Per haps he swallowed a section of his name. The success of that Nashville air ship merely proves that it is simply impos sible for the great American liar to keep ahead of American enterprise and achievement. A Minneapolis restaurateur has uni formed liis waitresses in bloomers. That’s a shrewd moneymaking scheme. Who couldn’t enjoy a good square meal amid such surroundings? Margaret Walter, of St. Louis, is 74 years old. After living with her hus band fifty years, continuously, she filed suit for divorce the other day. Well, it takes quite a while to find out a St, Louis man. The new Congressmen from the West already are beginning to exert a pow erful influence on public life iu Wash ington. A Washington paper very feelingly refers to “the bedeviled mys teries of draw poker.” The Syracuse Standard has discov ered a dentist who insists that “char acter resides in the teeth.” Isn’t it an appalling thought that while a man is asleep his character may l>e soaking in a glass of water on the dresser? The very consciousness of having faithfully and cheerfully striven to do the work given unto us, whether it he open and active, or secret and passive, brings with it a certain sense of success which compensates for apparent fail ure. Tarrytown has begun to tax the Goulds more in proportion to their wealth. Will the Goulds now tarry iu Tarrytown? Will they flit to some oth er place, and then to some other when required to pay anything on their vast wealth? A New York woman who has applied for a divorce as one of her rea sons the charge that her husband of ■ate lias kissed her in a “cold, matter >f-faet manner.” Perhaps she herself was responsible for that; it would be Amply impossible for anyone to kiss one of our girls in that way. The Duke of Marlborough, the other lay, proposed a resolution congratu ating the Queen upon the growth of her empire during her long reign. This .loubtless includes the acquisition of ISritish wealth through Americans who are so little Americans as to pay hand somely to get any sort of titles into their families. The Rev. Mr. Sheffield, an American missionary, may not have converted all the Chinese, but he has bless il them with an invention which entitles him to any number of yellow jackets and peacock feathers. This Invention is a typewriter for the Chinese language, and it will do away with the ink pot and paint brush now necessary in Ce lestial wilting. Love makes home beautiful and de lightful: it sweetens daily life, and helps one to endure troubles. The wife who really loves her husband will not need to be told how to make him hap py. She will give him all lie wants or asks for in Ills home, and she will find that he will repay her by preferring that home to any place on earth, and echoing the words of the dear old song that there is no place like it. The death of Max Maretzek removes from the amusement world one of its oldest and most widely known repre sentatives. He was born in Moravia iu 1821 and came to this country in 1818. For thirty years he presided over the destinies of Italian opera in the United States, Cuba and Mexico, and duilng the larger part of that time with bril liant success. His period of work foil In the very heyday of opera, and for a few years Maretsek was the fashiona ble rage. It was due to him that this country first heard such singers as Pat ti, Sontag, Albani. Nilsson, Lucca, La grange, Miunie Hauk, Di Murska, An nie Louise Cary, and others. The deceased was not only a famous im presario, but he was also an excellent pianist, and a charming writer, as is i shown by his “Sharps and Flats” ami “Quavers and Semi-Quavers,” which contain the story of his long and event- 5 ful career in music. He was the last j of the old school of impresarios. By the narrow majority of 479 votes in a total of 32,000 Toronto has voted to have its street cars run on Sunday for the next three years. This odd elec tion is held every three years, but the last two decided against the Sunday cars, and ‘‘Toronto tlie good*’ bas been deprived of this means of locomotion ou Sundays for six years. The dissent ing churches always lead the fight against the Sunday cars, but the mer chants and the Board of Trade became tired this year of the Sabbatarianism and mustered just enough votes to kill it for the time being. Few persons hear accurately, be cause few have been trained to do so. Yet it Is one of the foundation stones of all the good to be accomplished by the teacher. Its culture should not only precede most other things, but should accompany them all. Unless the pupil is listening acutely and interestedly, of what avail are the teacher’s instruc tions, be they ever so valuable iu them selves? Much of the trouble of school life, many of the teacher’s sorest dis appointments and most depressing faik ures, come from the lack of training in looking and listening. We need to bear constantly in mind that the blame which attaches to ill temper is not to be wholly thrown upon those who give way to it. Those who are naturally amiable must bear a por tion of the responsibility. If they have held aloof in simple disapproval, if they have not striven to discover its cause, to ward off its approach, to understand the temptations that lead to it, to allay the rising excitement, to soothe ruffled feelings, and to strengthen the power of self-control in those with whom they consort, they cannot hold themselves guiltless, though their own temper may be placid, their own feelings serene and tranquil, and their own power of self command unquestioned. Elopements are not common nor usu ally necessary In Mexico, but one is re ported from a ranch near Monelova that contains far more tragedy than romance. The ardent suitor in the case achieved a Young Loeliinvar climax, but only after a series of stubborn ob stacles. He was on his way to the ranch to claim his bride when lie was confronted, it appears, by the girl’s k brother and a friend, and was obliged to kill both in order to continue his journey. He then met and dispatched I a second brother, and later, when close j to his destination, engaged in success ful combat with a fourth man who had j been sent out to slay him. By this time j the supply of men had given out, and j the young man finished the olepement in accordance with the original pro- j gram. If all lovers in Mexico are ns skillful as this one in the use of weap- j ons of offense and defense it is not sur- j prising that elopements are not popu- j lar. A few score elopements conducted on such a lavish scale would be about equivalent to an ordinary Central i American revolution in loss of life. Time was when people flushed with money were not only travelers, but lav ish in payment of all personal services rendered to them eu route. They sup ported the Pullman car porter, who eked out the scant wages paid him by the sleeping car company with gener ous tips from travelers. Times have changed. People are not traveling much for pleasure, and there is not suf ficient business to take them away in great number. When they do go on business they are so full of It that they think they have paid sufficiently for a night's lodgings when they have depos ited $2 with the Pullman Company. In a hotel that calls for the service of the establishment. Travelers no longer throw their silver dollars at a negro porter. They notice that the Pullman Company pays an 8 per cent, dividend upon a large volume of stock, and they are of the opinion that the profits of the company would not be in the slightest diminished if the manage ment properly compensated porters, ; who complain in petitioning for their pay that they are at once porter, con- j ductor and waiter. The Pullman serv- i ants ought not to be objects of charity, i The company is abundantly able to pay its people living wages. It certainly ex- I acts large compensation for its bed- | rooms on wheels. The cost of the chain- j bermaids ought to be upon the com- I pany. The negroes who are petition- ! iug for proper compensation will have j sympathy from the traveling public i that is learning through hard necessity ; to withdraw its tips to the sleeping car porter, which, under all the circum stances of undercompensation, are tips to the mendicant Pullman Company. TIRE WADE OF CORK. If It I» a Success the L'uya of Punc ture Are Over. A tire invention which the inventor intends shall be a most successful ri val to the pneumatic tires now so wide ly used is soon to be given a trial. It is claimed it will not be susceptible to the j small tack, glass, etc., to so disastrous an extent as the pneumatic tires are. It is made of sections of cork, which | TUE NEW CORK TIRE. are almost solid, the center being made of an endless coil spring, which holds the section of cork firmly. Any sec tion of cork may easily be removed and renewed. The spring -acts some thing like a bracelet which removes i from the wrist by stretching the spring a little. Whether this will wear as well or better than the pneumatic tire remains to be seen. It has not jet been ■ tried, but the inventor claims every thing for it. OUR BUDGET OF FUN. HUMOROUS SAYINGS AND DO INGS HERE AND THERE. Jokes and Jokeleta that Are Supposed to Have Been Recently Born— Sayings and Doings that Are Odd, Curious and Lau-hable-The Week's Humor. Then He Hcarl of Another. Spatts—Did you hear about Mr. Snickers falling in a dead faint last night? Bloobumper—Yes, but 1 had of tan heard of an unconscious humorist be fore.—New York World. An Example. l Professor—Please give an example of actions speaking louder than words. A diet—When a man calls for soda water arid accompanies his order with a wink, sir.—Harlem Life. His Birthday Compliment. Wise —We have been married twelve years and not once in that time have I missed baking you a cake for your birthday. Have I, dear? Hubby—No, my pet. I can look back upon those cakes as milestones in my life. —New York Tribune. Other Side. Greeble—ls that your baby? Crawdon—No, sir; the possession is on the other side. He’s not my babj T ; I’m his father —Boston Transcript. Took It Bock. Tom Singleton—l hear you’re engag ed. Congratulate you, old boy. Benny Dictus—You didn’t hear it quite right. I’m married. Tom Singleton—Oh, excuse me, old man.—Pick-Me-Up. Had to Do All the Work. -Come,- cmiie! Wliy don’t you pedal a little? I can’t push this tandem alone.” Capital Punishment, Teacher—Johnny, you may tell me what is meant bj T capital punishment. Johnny (speaking from experience)— That's what a feller gets fer commenc i in’ his sentences with small letters. — I Up-to-Date. His Terms. “Did you see that Mrs. Goliath, the j wife of the strong man, was knocked ; down and robbed of her purse?’ “Why didn’t he help her?” “Oil, his terms are £2O a night.”— Pick-Me-Up. Too Frank. Lord de Liverus —I regard you as a ! perfect treasure, sweetheart. The Heiress—You’re much too frank to please me. —New York Tribune. Harsh. Mrs. Womanrites—The contest for president of our club is becoming ex citing, but I think we will manage to seat Miss Strongmind. Mr. Womanrites—You might better employ j’our time in seating Johnny’s trousers.—Tit-Bits. A Doubter. Weathers—Do you think any of these detective stories have any foundation iu fact? Raines —Me? I wouldn’t believe a detective under oatli.—Typographical Journal. Faster. Crimsonbeak —Sprocket was telling some remarkable stories of the speed he made on his new wheel. Yeast—Well, you know, Sprocket can lie as fast as a horse can trot. “Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that lie can lie faster than his bicycle can go.”—Yonkers States man. Willie’s Condition. “Well, Willie,” asked grandma, “have j j’ou had all the dinner you want?” “No,” answered Willie,” but I have had all I cau eat.”—Answers. Frapped Elocut'on. “What do you think of Nansen as a ' lecturer? “Well, it seemed to me that he never | properly warmed up to his subject.”— ■ Pick-Me-Up. Looking Ahead. Wheeler—l suppose when flying rua j chines are invented you’ll get one and be happy. Mrs. Wheeler—Yes; until the next year's model comes out. —Truth. The Modern Mrs. Candle. Mrs. Jones—You wretch! You dis grace me before my neighbors coming home in such a drunken state. Mr. Jones —But, m'dearsh, no one saw me. Mrs. Jones—No one saw you! No — but every one can hear me telling you of it. —Sketchy Bits. No Exception, Wise —It does seem hard when a wo j man marries she has to take her hus j band's name. Husband—Well, she takes everj’thing | else lie’s got, why leave that out?— I Judj’. No Wonder. Bacon —None of the women will speak to Penman since he wrote his last book. Egbert—Why is that? “Why, didn’t you hear the name of it? ‘Women of All Ages.’ ” —Yonkers Statesman. Worse. “Aleworthy has quit drinking entire ly since lie married.” “He has quit drinking, but lie has contracted the bargain-counter habit.” —lndianapolis Journal. The Dfifficnltv. “There is no occasion for you'to envy me,” said the prosperous person. “I have as manj’ troubles as you.” “I allow you do, mister,” admitted Dismal Dawson, “but the difficulty with me is that I ain’t got anything else.”—lndianapolis Journal. Not a Cannibal. First Neighbor—That is a very dainty dog of yours. I threw him some cold sausages this morning and he wouldn't touch them. Second Neighbor-Wbat do you rako him for—a cannibal?—New York Trib une. “A Good Ear for Music." Accounted For. “He reasons in a circle.” “Ah! That accounts for his argu ments never coming to an end.”—ln- j dianapolis Journal. His Motive. Toller—l don’t believe that Meglln gets his money honestly; I’d like to i know what he does for a living. Willet—Perhaps there wouldn’t be stealings enough for more than one.— Exchange. Do Be Considerate. Wiggins—l never argue with a wom an. In the first place, it’s a bore, and, then, again, it never does any good. Mrs. Henpeck—Ah, but you forget how much joy it gives to the woman.— Truth. IWhat He Got. Bill—Just got back from Washing ton? Gill—Yes. “Did you get the President’s ear?” “No; but I got a piece of his mind.”— Yonkers’ Statesman. Discriminating Agreement. “George describes the girl he is en gaged to as a perfect vision.” “Yes, and his sister says she is a sight!”—lndianapolis Journal. Superlative Anguish. Ethel (sympathetically)—lt’s no won der poor mother weeps from the pain of that swollen face. May—lt’s not the pain that makes her weep, dear; it’s the thought that the Woman’s Rights Club meets here to-night and she won’t be able to talk.” —Judge. A Check. “How do you stand on the financial question?” “I think I shall stand pat. At least, when I went to the bank I was told i I could not draw.”—lndianapolis Jour nal. Too Obedient. Kind Ladj’—Ah, if j-ou had done what j’our poor mother told you, you j might not be in this situation. Convict—l don’t know. She told me to go out into the world and make money.—Detroit Free Press. And There Are Others* Ethel—Aren’t you sorry for Greece? Edith—Why, what’s happened to it? —Pick-Me-Up. Pleased to Fee Him, “Why are you so hungry, Tommy? you took your luncheon to school, did n’t you?” “Yessum. But I met a poor, hungry j tramp, and I gave It to him.” “You did? And was he pleased?” “Yessum. He said he hoped he’d have • the pleasure of meeting me again.”— i Harper’s Bazar. Time It Was Gone. “Mr. Henpeck," said the doctor, after examination, “I fear your wife’s mind is gone.” “That doesn’t surprise me,” said the poor man. “She has been giving me a piece of it every day for ten years.”— Memphis Scimitar. The Proper Diet. “I’m going to be a contortionist when I grow up,” said little Johnny, proudly. “I’m in training now, so I want j’ou to tel lme what is the best thing for me to sat.” "Green apples, my boy,” chuckled the old man.—Demorest’s Magazine. The W oman Who Wouldn’t. A pretty peasant maiden in one of the suburbs of Kharkoff, Russia, was re cently coerced by her relatives into consenting to marry a small proprietor of the neighborhood for whom she en tertained a special dislike. The wed ding party appeared before the altar of one of the city churches. The service went on until the officiating priest put the usual question, “Wilt thou take this man,” and so forth. The girl to this replied with an emphatic negative, and all the persuasions of her friends failed to change her resolution. The wedding party returned to the house of the bride’s parents, who again vainly endeavored to shake the girl’s obduracy. The unfortunate and un willing girl was then soundly beaten, not only by her parents, but also by the friends of the bridegroom. She was carried biek weeping to the church by the wedding party, and the marriage ceremony was recommenced. Again came the crucial question to the bride, and once more the unhappy girl, with tears and blushes, resonantly ex claimed, “No! A thousand times, no!” and appealed earnestly to the protec tion of the priest, which was readily granted. ; AGRICULTURAL NEWS THINGS PERTAINING TO THE FARM AND HOME. Treatment of Horses Afflicted with Heaves-Pigg Should Be Fed Kestu* Inrljr—Ad vantage of Straight Kows for Cultivated Crops—Notes. Heaves in Horses. I Heaves Is not so common a disease S among horses as it was in former years. It may be described as a chronic dis ease of the breathing organs, without inflammation, characterized by a pe culiar breathing, the breath being drawn in with ease, but breathed out with difficulty, and by two distinct’ef forts. The im mediate'cause is the rap ture or debility of tlieismall cells in the lungs, so the animal eanont expel the air he has drawn in without an extra and double effort. It is obvious, there fore, that the symptoms are readily de tected. Authorities say that when the disease is established It is incurable, though it can be alleviated materially. If the disease is not too intense some relief may be obtained by giving one-half to one grain of arsenic In form of Fow ler’s solution daily for several weeks. One authority recommends the follow ing prescription: “Thirty grains each of calomel, digitalis, opium and cam phor; make into a ball and give once or twice a day.” After the first week | the calomel should be omitted. But I more valuable than any medicine is the food and treatment of the animal. The diet should be of the best quality and small quantity. Coarse foods should be avoided. Mouldy or dusty hay or fod der Is especially injurious. Let him run on a clean, short pasture and the feed given be in a concentrated form, slight ly dampened to allay any dust. Keep bowels loose. Feeding Pigs Regularly. Much depends in feeding pigs on giv ing their food at regular intervals, j Then the pig will very soon become used to tills, and will not expect his food until the next regular feeding time comes. The old saying thait a squealing pig loses a pound of fat every time it squeals lias this much of truth In it, that the Irregular times for feed ing which occasions most of the squeal ing is the surest way to destroy diges j tlon. This in pigs Is not so strong as |is often supposed. The pig is greedy : by nature. Others must see to It that it does not eat more nor oftener than Is good for it. Straight Rows for Hoed Crops. So much of the work of cultivation is now done with horse power that it is more than ever important that all rows of hoed crops shall be as nearly on a straight line as possible. Unless this is done it Is impossible to guide the cultivator so as to avoid destroying more or less plants, beside leaving seeds that cannot be thereafter uproot ed except with great difficulty. When a weed Is not killed by cultivation it is made all the more thrifty, for the prun ing of the roots which cultivation gives makes new roots put forth just as it does for the crop. It is for this reason that after harrowing both ways over corn ground before the grain is up, the cultivator should be set to work be | tween the rows just so soon as the rows can be seen. This will destroy any weeds that the harrowings may have missed. Kicking Cows. A Western agricultural writer says that there are just as good milkers among cows that do uot kick as there are among those that do. This, we thiuk. is hardly the fact. It is the ten derness in the udder, caused by the presence of a large amount of milk, that makes careless handling of the teats very painful. The result is that the cow becomes a kicker, and soon this grows into a habit not easily brok en. It is usually the fault of the man who breaks the heifer to being milked who Is responsible for her character as a milker. If the first operations on the teats are gentle, drawing milk slowly until the bag is somewhat eased, milk ing is a soothing and pleasure-giving process for the cow. For the first few times the heifer is milked she should have some appetizing feed set before her, which she can eat while the milk is being drawn. This should always be given when there is danger that the cow will hold up her milk. The cow is a one idea animal. When she is eating heartily she cannot easily think of any thing else.—American Cultivator. Fruit by Roadsides. Probably the best use that can be made of roadsides Is to plant fruit trees beside them, especially of those that are somewhat hard to gather in quan tity. We have in mind a farmer who, many years ago, planted a long row of cherry trees on the roadside, and far enough from the fence so that the trees did not injure the crops inside the fields. These trees never failed to furnish a paying crop, and some years the cherries were sold on the tree for four to fi*e dollars per tree, and still paid a good profit to the man who bought the fruit. I Very few cherries were taken by pass ersby, though the trees were beside a well-traveled road. Most people while going along a highway are too busy to stop, and the tramps who were not too busy were generally too lazy. Probably If peaches or pears had been thus ex posed the result would have been differ ent. Even then a few roadside trees for the public would be apt to lessen depredations on the neighboring or chards, which near cities or large vil lages are the causes of much los* to fruit growers—Exchange. Maakmelons by the Acre. Cheap as muskmelons are at times, they pay better than do most staple farm crops for those who are willing to give them the care which all garden crops require. To get the best prices plant as early as the land is warmed at the surface. Frequent cultivation, leaving the laud as light as possible, will do much to make it warm. So will planting ou a uewly turned two-year old clover sod. The very earliest mel ons are planted in a compact space, with a box 10x12 over the hill to keep off winds through the daytime and to be covered at night, Teu or more seeds are placed lu each hill, which are l"ter reduced to two plants by the time Lhe vines begin to run. One of the worst enemies of all melon plants Is the white grub, the larva of the May or June bug. ; It will travel on the surface soil at night and eat the plants just at the sm face. Wheat bran through which Paris, green has been mixed and scattered around the stems of the plants will make short work of these pests. The grubs are very fond of the bran, and In eating it will get enough poison to kill them. This method of getting rid of grubs will not be practicable If fowls are allowed to come near the patch, as they are also very fond of the bran.— Agricultural Exchange. Alkali in Western Lands. In an instructive paper recently read before a California farmers’ institute by Prof. E. W. Hilgartl, this subject was broadly considered, and It was shown that alkali is the result of disin tegration of rocks and found only where rainfall is too little to carry it off In solution. The more common salts are Glauber’s salts, common salt and sal soda. The last named occasions the principal injury by gird Ling plants at the surface. In connection with these salts are found others which are amoug the most valuable elements of mainly salts of potash and lime, and found in greater proportions in arid than in humid lands. These salts frequently appear on the surface only after irrigation. In such cases it >will be found that they existed below the surface and were earned in solu tion by water used in irrigation and left ou the surface by evaporation. A remedy is deep cultivation with thor ough pulverization of the surface in orchard cultivation, to reduce evapora tion to a minimum; or shading the ground with such crops as alfalfa. The more important discoveries are that the Australian salt bush will thrive on strong alkali lands and that they have also produced large yields and a 'fine quality of sugar beets. Raising Ducks. In raising ducks set the eggs undei hens; when hatched remove to a box lined with paper and kept in a warm place with all the sunshine possible. When two days old put in a board pen during day time. Feed bread soaked in water and pressed dry. Do not give them water to swim in until three weks old. Dust with Persian insect powder once a week; when four weeks old feed on corn bread soaked in sweet milk; young onion tops cut flue and mixed with their feed are healthful. After four weeks old they will thrive on almost any diet and will grow with less water to swim in than is generally supposed. Always keep water for drinking as pure and clean as possible, changing often and putting gravel in the dish where water is kept. Gypsum on Potatoes The broad leaves of the potato are what the crop very largely depends upon for maturing the tuber. It is im portant that they be kept green as long as possible. The fact that gypsum or land piaster attracts moisture makes it an especially good application for the potato crop. The first use of paris green to desfcrop the potato larva ought to be made with gypsum. By attract ing moisture from the air and thus keeping the leaves moist more of the potato beetles’ eggs will be de stroyed before they hatch. Stowing Oats by Hand. There are many farmers who find it an advantage to sow other grains with a drill, so as to apply fertilizers with the seed, who yet think the oat crop comes surer sown ca a coarsely liar rowed surface and dragged in. The reason probably is that thus the grain is apt .not to be covered so deeply as it is by the drill. The better fitting the seed bed has, the deeper the wheels sink, carrying the drill tubes and the seed graLn to greater depth than is good for the grain crop.—American Cul tivator, Poultry Pickings. Don’t have the flocks of hens too large. If you have more than seventy five or eighty, they ought to be sep arated into smaller flocks. An egg contains from 25 to 27 per cent, solid matter, nearly 14 per cent, albumen. That means that laying lions need food rich in albuminous mutter meat, oatmeal, milk, bran, etc. While poultry will not thrive on neg lect, it Is well to remember that over feeding and lack of exercise are also fruitful sources of loss in the poultry yard. If we would keep up the vigor and fecundity of our flocks we must infuse new blood Into them. If service or profit or vigorous growth is desired, there must be a frequent change of cockerels in the flocks. Weed out the flocks, disposing of really old stock and the undesirable young. A few good hens, well cared for, will raise more chickens this sum mer than if a great flock is crowded together in unhealthy coops, A Boston commission merchant says that if farmers would market all the chickens and eggs they can spare each week, they would be surprised at the regular Income that they were receiv ing, and they would find more profit in poultry. A writer says that crop bound is nothing more than indigestion, and that charcoal fed fowls rarely ever j have this trouble. Then prevent it by ! every now and then charring several j ears of corn and allowing the hens to | pick it off. Farm Notes. Lean the tree at planting towards tlie direction of prevailing winds. Bees need special care in early spring if profitable returns are secured. Syrup made of granulated sugar is the best and cheapest feed that can be given to bees. A nearly eight-fold increase in the exports of oats is noted the past nine j months compared with a year ago, the figures being respectively 26,000,000 j and 8,500,000 bushels. A cross betweeu the Brown Leghorn ! and Buff Cochin is an excellent egg producer and an ideal table fowl. Eggs : will be had the year round and the j hens make excellent mothers. Just before fruit blossoms open Ls the time to spray thoroughly to destroy bud moth, cigar and pistol case bear ers. These three insects do their most destructive work before blossoms open. To make grafting wax, melt together and pour into a pail of cold water resin four parts by weight, beeswax two parts and tallow one part. Then grease the hands and pull the wax until it Is nearly white. THF TALKING STARLING. | Amusing Antics and Speech of a Clever Little Bird. . The talking starling, says a writer in i the London Spectator, ls a clever and l amusing bird, and Is easily reared and ’ taught. We secured a nestling elght i een months ago, before any feathers s had begun to grow, and brought him • up by hand. He naturally grew up perfectly tame and so much attached to us that -when, by accident, he flew away being with us only a few 1 weeks, and spent a whole night out in - London, he returned to Ms home the t next morning and hopped into his cage • with evident satisfaction. This he did a second time, but on that occasion re turned with less dignity, as we saw t him overbalance when sitting on a 5 chimney at the top of the high man i sions in Victoria street in which we s live, and he fell down to the bottom of 5 the house, reappearing In a gentle i man’s office the next morning the veri ? est little sweep, but quite unabashed, f After he had changed his immature 1 plumage for the brighter adult plu -3 mage, In his first autumn he began to i talk, repeating his own name with vari -3 ations—“ ‘Bobbie,’ ‘Bodkin,’ or ‘Bobbi t kin’ ’’—then picking up the terms of >' endearment and admiration which - were applied to him, but without any 1 effort on our part to teach him, till k at last he cried all day long. “Dear lit - tie ‘Bobbie,’ pretty little ‘Bobkiu,’ poor l old ‘Bobbie,’ ” in the most bewitching -way. After awhile he learned nothing e fresh till he moulted last autumn, since e when he has added considerably to his 1 vocabulary. During that process his e head was bare, and we used to say to 7 him In derision: “You old crow,” which i he readily picked up, but altered It to “Dear old crow,” and called as clearly as a human being, “Pretty ‘Bobby,’ I love you, such a sweet little ‘Bobbie,’ r kissie poor Bobkin,’ ” transposing the ‘ words frequently, but curiously enough 1 putting them together so as to make . sense. As I write he is chattering this 1 beside me and barking like a dog be i tween whiles. He comes out of his J cage when he likes, aud when we have i the patience to endure his prying and t Inquisitive ways. He sits on one’s s shoulder, creeps down one’s arm till t he at last perches on the hand and 1 pecks at peu or needle, as the case may . be, rendering work or writing impossi ? ble. He has apparently ceased again i to learn fresh words, and seems more r occupied with his spring plumage, r though he still chatters all day long, , and we shall look with Interest after i his next moult for further additions to his conversational powers. The Knowing Gamecock. > We all remember the story of the , Athenian artist who paiuted cherries . so naturally that even the birds were . deceived and came to peck at them. A • modern ineideur illustrates in a some t what similar manner the power of pie ,l torial art to deceive, and at the same < j time seems to show a good deal of rea soning intelligence in at least one mem . ber of the feathered tribe. Mr. Scott j Leighton, the Boston artist, tells the ■ story of a pet gamecock which he kept .| in his studio. Having at one time to paint the portrait of a large-sized I game-cock for a patron, the pet suffer ed a great deal from the domineering t spirit of the larger bird, and got so i that he never could see him without i flying into a rage. After the picture ) was completed aud the feathered rnod - el had been removed, the canvas re i malned In the studio, standing on tLe i floor. t One day the little gamecock was pick -1 Ing has way about the studio, when lie i suddenly caught sight of the counter ; felt presentment of his former enemy. i With a scream of rage he gave one ■ leap, and, flylug at the picture, struck his spurs into It again and again. The next time that he was given an oppor tunity, he repeated the attack, and it became the almost daily amusement of the artist and his friends to witness these impromptu cock-fights between a Jive bird and a dummy. At last one day the little fellow, rest ■ Jug a moment after an unusually spir ; ited attack, happened to cock his head on one side so as to get a look behind the picture. For an instant he was dumfounded. He looked in front and saw his old enemy, as large as life; an -1 other glance behind, and be was more than ever puzzled. He then deliberate ly walked behind and around the pic ture several times, carefully surveying It, and with a spiteful flirt, and with an air of disgust that would have done credit to a human teing, marched away and hid himself, Never after that could he be persuad ed to attack the picture, or, Indeed, to pay the slightest attention to it. 110 bad penetrated the sham, and would have no more of it, How Nature Builds Rockeries. The fact is, the rockery, to be a suc cess, must be an evolution instead of a creation. Attempt to construct one after any set plan aud you are sure to full with it. The most satisfactory one I ever saw was oue that made itself, so to speak. The stones of which it was composed were hauled in winter and dumped down carelessly lu a great heap. In spring the owner looked them ; over aud came to the conclusion that It would be Impossible for him to ar range them in a more picturesque man i ncr, and he had the good sense not to attempt it. He worked earth in be tween them and planted wild vines and ferns there, and his rockery was a success. If possible, a rockery should be located iu a secluded portiou of the grounds. Rockeries as nature makes them are generally in secluded nooks, where all kinds of wild things feel at home, and we should try to carry out as completely ns possible the idea of the wildness which prevails in nature’s ; haunts—to domesticate wildness, so to : speak. This cannot be done satisfac torily where the grounds are close to | the street. If the grounds are too small to allow you to give the rockery a place at some distance from the house, and you feel that you must ] have one, plant trees or shrubs so as to give it an air of partial seclusion at least.—Ladies' Home Journal. As Good as His Word. Mr. Howland—l tell you, Maria, you are worrying over nothing. I can stop smoking any time I want to. Mrs. Howland—Well, then, stop now. Mr. Howland—l don’t want to now.-' Cleveland Leader. When women have nothing els« U; do they find something to cry about